>{DIY} Glittered Coastal Christmas Tree

>There is nothing more special than decorating your tree with homemade ornaments
collected from the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach
or if you collected shells during your favorite beach vacation; this is
a great way to create Christmas memories of your beach adventures.

A menagerie of glittered seashells blanket our work table.

We collected many seashells from our local beach
this year as well as a few little floats so we decided to dedicate one
of our trees just to our beach treasures.  A few starfish purchased from
QualityShells.com finished up our Coastal Christmas Tree with ease.

A bit of glitter, ribbon & bow make a Japanese float an extra special Christmas treasure!

Our Holiday visitors will each get to select one of the ornaments from
our Seashell Christmas Tree to take home with them as a memento of their
Christmas at the Beach.

Paint highlights the Sand Dollar’s natural design & glitter was added for a dazzling effect!

This is a wonderful project to
do with your friends, children or grandchildren. We used a mix of
glitter types such as iridescent, crystal and shredded to create an
interesting and unique look.

Project Supplies: 

Ribbon; Jute or Pre-made Bows
White glue
Disposable cup
Glitter (shredded; crystal; iridescent)
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Bleach (optional)


  • Clean your seashells/floats/etc. in a mixture of 50% bleach
    & 50% hot water…a touch of Dawn© dish soap helps to lift dirt. The
    water assists in killing bacteria and smell on your seashells.  Soak
    for 1 hour or overnight depending on how dirty they are. Rinse
    thoroughly and let dry completely before using.
  • Option: Use acrylic craft paints to highlight edges; a sand dollar design or to create even more dazzle! A shell painted metallic gold looks gorgeous with a bit of glitter over the metallic shade.
  • Pour white glue (either Elmer’s or Tacky glue) into a disposable cup and add a bit of water to thin it slightly. 
  •  Brush white glue* onto the seashell; sprinkle lightly with glitter(s) or roll in glitter if you prefer. Lay flat until dry.  (*A variation to using glue is to brush on an interior varnish to
    your shell and then sprinkle glitter on while the varnish is wet)
  • Glue ribbon onto ornament with hot glue (make sure the position of ribbon lets ornament hang correctly). Enjoy!

My pretty seashell ornaments are ready to hang…they filled our 4′ Christmas Tree beautifully!

I’ll show you how I made my “Snow-Angel Tree Topper with Seashell Wings” later this week!

Win a Holiday Silhouette by Suzanne Nicoll Designs© ~ Sponsored by Cottage Coastal

For more fun Holiday inspiration check out Metamorphosis MondayNifty Thrifty Tuesdays; The Tuesday Train and Follow Me Back Tuesday


About marierhoades

Beach bum, wife, mother, lover of dogs & cats. Editor of Sally Lee by the Sea, http://nauticalcottageblog.com, a beach cottage design & lifestyle website.
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17 Responses to >{DIY} Glittered Coastal Christmas Tree

  1. lockofire says:

    >This seashell tree rocks!!I can't wait to try making these shell ornaments at home :)Beatiful tree!

  2. >I ADORE your blog. This post is excellent. I have a prized 'Pansy Sea Shell' that I collected when diving in the Bahamas which looks like your Sand Dollar shell. I will definitely use it for my Christmas decorations. I also have jars and boxes of shells that I've collected over the years so they will be dragged out too.Inspirational! Thank you.I am your latest admirer and follower on Google and facebook. I can't wait to read more.Carol from the middle of the UK with no sea in sight.www.facing50withhumour.blogspot.comps found you form Tuesday Train.

  3. simpledaisy says:

    >Lovely!!! Glittered shells….how can you go wrong?!?!

  4. Jessie says:

    >What a cool idea – I love the sand dollars!Thank you for stopping by Momvantage.net! I am following you back – hope you have a wonderful week :)Jessie

  5. Linda M. says:

    >Oh how I wish I lived near a beach…I love the ornaments, I'll take a sanddollar please:')I'll be back to see that angel-how-to. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. >What a great post and intructions! I love seeing Christmas in different areas of the US (and the world:)in blogland. My husband would love a seashell tree. He wants to move south and by the beach soon. Thanks for stopping by Lucky Star Lane!Erin

  7. >Stopping by and following your blog from the Tuesday Blog Hop. You can visit mine at http://www.thewhitewhimsies.blogspot.comHave a great day!

  8. Mad Mind says:

    >These look great! Thanks for jumping on the Train. Have a great week!

  9. Kaybe says:

    >What a great idea to use the shell mirror for the tree skirt. Shellicious way to shellabrate the season.Take good care,Karen

  10. >You have a hundred ideas for decorating seashell style in just a few pages!!! I'll have to get busy! Thanks for stopping by!becky (at beachsnaps)

  11. >Love all the bows on your shell ornaments!!! Adds lots of festivity too.

  12. >Looks great! Good idea with the wreath on the bottom. I'm having a coastal tree this year, too, that I will show in an upcoming post.

  13. BeachGypsy says:

    >So so so pretty! Love it! You always show such pretty stuff!!

  14. Donna says:

    >I love your blog! Your glittered shell ornaments are just gorgeous! I am addicted to glitter, and I use it on just about everything! I glittered some shells a few weeks ago, too. Thanks so much for your nice comments, and for following, too!

  15. >Thanks for tips! Love glittered shells and how they catch the light.

  16. Kelly says:

    >Beautiful ornaments!!!!I'm visiting from a blog hop! I'm now following you through google friend.Kellyhttp://mysimplewalk.com

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